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More Rockets Hit Israel, “Disproportionate” Response Threatened

February 1, 2009

Militants in Gaza apparently fired four more rockets into Israel Sunday, shaking the already unsteady cease fire.

Israel’s Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said, “The cabinet’s position from the outset was that if there is rocket fire at southerners, there will be a response that will essentially be disproportionate.”

“Two weeks have passed since Israel’s decision to cease its fire in the Gaza Strip, and [the truce] was declared on two basic conditions: A complete halt in rocket fire and a stop to the smuggling of weapons to terror group through the Philadelphi Corridor,” he continued. “Those were the two conditions for the cease-fire and we knew that there was a considerable chance Hamas would continue with the rocket fire.”

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert says Israel's response will be "disproportionate" if rocket attacks continue.

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert says Israel’s response will be “disproportionate” if rocket attacks continue.

“We won’t return to the rules of the game that terror groups have tried to dictate and we won’t be dragged into a never-ending shooting war,” said the prime minister, stressing that Israel would not allow the rocket attacks to continue.

Israel attacked Hamas in Gaza on December 27 with the stated aim of ending rocket attacks on southern Israel.

More than 1,300 Palestinians died and about 5,400 others were wounded. Thirteen Israelis, including 10 soldiers, were also killed in the fighting.

Rocket From Gaza Hits Israel; Isreal Threatens More Military Action

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Sderot police station
The remnants of hundreds of rockets are held at Sderot police station, Israel

Gaza assault rages on as Israel prepares truce

January 17, 2009

Israeli tank shells killed six Palestinians at a United Nations-run school in the northern Gaza Strip on Saturday, Palestinian medical workers said, as Israel was poised to call a unilateral ceasefire to its 22-day-old assault that has left more than 1, 300 people dead.

From Al Arabia

Medical workers said a woman and a child were killed when a first shell hit the school run by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), where people had taken shelter from fighting.

Witnesses said other shells struck nearby as people tried to escape and four more were killed.

About 45,000 Gazans are sheltering in U.N.-run schools in the enclave.

In a second incident in northwest Gaza City, three Palestinians were killed by a tank shell that landed in a residential area, medical workers said.

More than 1,300 Palestinians have been killed and 5,100 wounded since Israel began attacking Gaza with an air blitz on Dec. 27, then moved in with ground forces a week later.

Israel says ten soldiers and three civilians have died in the either street clashes or Hamas rocket fire.

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Israel: Gaza Offensive “In the Final Act”

January 16, 2009

Israel said its Gaza offensive could be “in the final act” on Friday as both Israel and Hamas discussed cease fire plans and started the way ahead.

Fighting slowed in Gaza Friday as both sides seemed to be making ready for the cease fire.

Hamas is prepared to accept a conditional cease-fire with Israel in the Gaza-Strip starting on Saturday, the al-Sharq al-Awset daily reported on Friday.

U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said, “It is time now to even think about a unilateral ceasefire.”

Israel rejected portions of the Hamas cease fire plan but said it was moving ahead to stop hostilities while details are worked out.

“Hopefully we’re in the final act,” Prime Minister Ehud Olmert‘s spokesman Mark Regev said, adding that briefings by the envoys working in Washington and Cairo on Friday could be followed by swift decisions by the security cabinet.

Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni is in the U.S. at the State department Friday to work out a plan to ensure Hamas does not re-arm during any cease fire or follow-on time frame.

Such decisions could come by Saturday, Israeli officials said, allowing the cease fire to start then.

“The conditions have not come to fruition yet,” security cabinet member Binyamin Ben-Eliezer said. “But this could well happen late on Saturday and we can put this story behind us.”

John E. Carey
Peace and Freedom
Filed just before 1300 GMT Friday


0900 GMT Friday, January 16, 2009

Israel has overpowered Hamas.  Tanks and trained troops have out musled and out battled  the Palestinian fighters who were lobbing a few rockets a day into Israel.

Most of those Hamas rockets landed without killing anyone.

Yet Israel has inflicted a staggering toll, over 1,000 dead, among the civilian population of Gaza, severely damaged its own Israeli national reputation, and hardened many anti-Israel minds further to pray for the destruction of Isreal.

“Are we are winning the fighting, but losing what we wanted?” one Israeli wondered aloud  to us.

Witnesses to the destruction of Gaza couldn’t say what Hamas has gained, exactly. 

Gaza is in ruins.

Haaretz said Friday, “Israel still has some reservations regarding an Egyptian proposal for a cease-fire in the Gaza Strip, despite Cairo’s apparent promise to crack down on arms smuggling to Gaza – one of Israel’s key demands – and Hamas’ willingness to accept the offer.”
Day 21, in Gaza;  Israel unleashed some 50 airstrikes in what seems like the final act in the battle — but not the war.

As cease fire deatails were worked out to Israel’s satisfaction Friday

Yesterday both Israel and Hamas seemd to agree in principle to an Egyptian brokered cease fire.

And Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni departed for the U.S. in an effort to find technical means to assure that Gaza and Hamas are not re-armed in the future.

Israel wants from the U.S. an agreement which would intensify intelligence cooperation to block smuggling routes before the weapons make it to tunnels linking the Sinai Peninsula to the Strip, the Jerusalem Post said.

Coupled with Egyptian commitments to step up their own efforts along the border together with international assistance, the agreement would be part of a mechanism Israel has demanded as part of a cease-fire.

High-level Israeli envoy Amos Gilad discussed that cease-fire plan in Cairo Thursday with Egyptian officials. After he consulted with Israeli leaders on returning to Jerusalem, they ordered him back to Cairo Friday for further talks, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert’s office said.

Israel said the discussions could go on “for a day or two” to work out details of the cease fire.  But U.N. General Secretary Ban Ki-moon urged both sides to stop fighting immediately.

The fighting continued Friday with additional civilian casualties.

The Egyptian truce proposal, of which newspaper such as Haaretz have obtained, contains three clauses.

First, Israel and the Palestinians will agree to an immediate, time-limited cease-fire, during which the border crossings will be opened for humanitarian aid and Egypt will lead negotiations on a long-term truce.

Second, the long-term truce must include provisions on both border security and an end to the blockade of Gaza.

Third, Fatah and Hamas should resume reconciliation talks.

Egyptian officials told Haaretz they believe the initial, short-term truce should last a few months, to allow plenty of time for negotiations on the long-term cease-fire.

However, the proposal does not require Israel to withdraw from Gaza during the initial truce, and Hamas has said it will not accept the proposal unless that omission is corrected.

Israeli Foreign Ministe Tzipi Livni meets with U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice at the U.S. State Department at 11 AM Friday.

John E. Carey
Peace and Freedom

Iran president says Israeli leaders face ‘doomed end’
War in Gaza: No one left in the ruins to hear the thunder of Israel’s guns
Israel, Hamas Both Agree “In Principle” To Cease Fire
Iran president says Israeli leaders face ‘doomed end’

Israel's Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni visits the southern ... 
Israel’s Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni visits the southern town of Sderot January 12, 2009. Livni headed to Washington late on Thursday to finalize an accord designed to prevent Hamas from rearming, a key Israeli condition for a cease-fire in the Gaza Strip.REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun


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Gaza Heads Into Tuesday, “Hamas Disengaged”?

January 12, 2009

“Hamas has disengaged.””

“One gets the feeling, rather, that Hamas is no longer in the fight in a major way.  Perhaps Hams is seeking to lure the Israelis into a trap in the more densely populated civilian areas.  Or maybe Hamas is just ready for the end.”

Day 18: Tuesday, Gaza City Battle Opens, “Neither one will leave the other the ‘victor’”

Those words from an eye witness with Israeli forces in Gaza tonight, Monday January 12, 2009, and moving tiward Tuesday January 13.

Fighting abated Monday as fewer rockets came from Hamas and Israel was unable to find sustained Hamas ground opposition in the numbers previously seen and expected.

Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh indicated Monday night that he was willing to discuss a truce.

He said Hamas would “deal positively with any initiative which stops the aggression against our people.”

 Hamas will continue to fight, pending agreement by both sides to a cease fire, Ismail Haniyeh said.


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